Spirit Airlines starts serving wine in cans

Cans beneficial to airline's desire to make planes light

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NEW YORK, NY - Spirit Airlines is thinking outside of the bottle.

The low-cost carrier known for extra fees and cheeky ads is now pouring wine out of aluminum cans.

Starting this week, passengers can purchase white moscato or strawberry moscato wine from Friends Fun Wine, an Aventura, Fla. company. Spirit will continue to sell mini bottles of Sutter Home wine.

The can of wine is larger -- 250 milliliters to the bottle's 187 -- but it doesn't pack as much of a punch. The canned wine is 6 percent alcohol by volume.

Sutter Home is 13 percent.

Spirit likes the cans because they are easier to stack and store on airplanes with limited storage space. They also weigh less and airlines are obsessed with making their planes lighter to save on fuel.

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